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Being a well rounded drummer

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Jason
Jason

Learning different styles of music for drummers is a very important task. It's very helpful to know different ways of playing your instrument and to be able to adapt that playing to whatever style needs to fit in the song your playing. There's nothing wrong with focusing on one style of music and that being your main way of playing, but you don't want that to be the only way you know how to play (at least for a drummer that wants to make a living off of playing music).

It's very easy to learn the basics of different styles. Whether it be jazz, Latin, rock, country, or funk, there are all some close beats that can connect all these styles together. The best way to learn new styles is simply by listening. If you want to learn how to  come up with some better Latin rhythms and fills...listen to more Latin music! Don't forget though that once you listen you must try to recreate what you've heard. Get an understanding of what the drums (or congas/timbales) are doing and try to put those styles on your drumset. Besides, who knows when your rock band desides to write one slow jazz song and look who's sitting there with sticks not knowing what to play...

 

Workouts for drummers

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Being a drummer requires a lot of stregth, endurance, and power (yes, even for slow jazz music). Having the utmost control of your muscles is super important for expresing what you want to do on the drums. Try to think of your body as a car (not a fat joke); a car has small gears and big gears that make the car move. This is the same with your arms; you have small muscles and big muscles. These two types of muscles can be divided into 2 catagories: the small muscles are fast-twitch muscles and the big muscles are slow-twitch muscles. The name of the categories implies how the muscles work. The small, fast-twitch muscles which are your fingers and wrist (the first and second gearsof the car) are a lot weaker but can move a lot faster. On the other hand the big, slow-twitch muscles which are your bicep and shoulder (the fith and sixth gears of the car) are very powerful but can not move nearly as fast.  Some really good excersices for your fast-twitch muscles can be taking a light dumbell and resting your arm on your leg and using just your wrist and fingers to lift the weight up and down like a pulley. Some things you might not even think of as benificial that can also help are typing, drawing, playing video games (my favorite), etc. Some excercises for your big, slow-twitch muscles can be regular dumbbell curls, push-ups, and dumbell presses. Other tasks that can help out can be swimming, throwing footballs (or baseball, basketballs, whatever), or even moving furniture. There are hundreds of different things to help your muscles out. Use your muscles and when you play drums try to isolate what muscles you are using and learn what you need to work on to make them work better for you.

   

In a van...down by the river

Drums

Jason
Jason
Being in a band can be a fun and challenging experience for anyone. One of the funnest and most stressful parts of being in a band is traveling. Everyone dreams of having a giant tour bus with a giant trailer behind them and just being able to sleep in their comfy bunk bed or play the xbox (cause it's way better that PS3) or heck, even take a shower while they wait to arrive at the next venue. But let's get real for a minute, how often do you hear of your buddies saying "Yea, you can ride with us in the tour bus". The reality is that you're trying to call everyone you know that has a truck with a hitch so you can pull your trailer that's falling apart...and you still feel lucky to have a trailer when you know everyone else is piling up their equipment in the same SUV they're riding in.

Normal people riding down the road always stop and stare at the bright red Corvette or at the blacked out Land Rover that rides by but if you're in a band, the thing that catches your attention the most is a plain, white, shiny Chevy Express passenger van. It captivates you just the same way the sports cars do to the "normal" people. Once you've paid your dues then eventually you may get the chance to buy a that plain white van so everyone can ride comfortably and deck it out with a futon mattress and some posters to make it your own rolling club house. You'll quickly get used to freezing cold air or the smell of sweat and stink (and an empty gatorade bottle will become your new best friend...think about it). Even with all the uncomfortable situations and the freezing cold or blazing heat, you'll realize you're doing what you love and wouldn't trade it for the world.

   

Playing on stage

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Jason
Jason
Being completely in the dark, listening to everyone scream and yell sounds prrreeetttyyy scary, right? What if those people are screaming and yelling because they are so excited to see you play!? Sounds a little better now. Playing on stage is one of the funnest and scarriest experiences for a musician. There's nothing like being on the stage with hundreds of people looking at you ready to listen to what you can do.

The reason some people get scarred is because they think: Everyones looking at me, or What if I mess up, or I just can't do it. But in my opinion the best way to overcome stage fright is just do it (Nike reserves all rights to that slogan...(just so I don't get sued)).  Most of the time if you do mess up, you will be the only one that knows it. There's a reason you're on the stage and not the people watching you. You can do something that they can't. If you're scarred of everyone looking at you, you can take that fear and turn it around by thinking "Hey, I'm about to show all these people my skills and everything that I've worked hard at". And if you're thinking "I can't do this" then you are flat out wrong. If you couldn't do it, you wouldn't have the opportunity to be on the stage in the fisrt place. When I get on stage iget excited because I get to do what I love to do for people that love to hear it. It's fun and exciting and It's an experience some people will never know.

   

iDon't

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Jason
Jason

This article is going to strictly be about why (in my opinion) the new Motorola Droid is better than the iPhone. The reason for this article is because I have the Droid and Blake has the iPhone and I want to be better than him. I'll be going over some technical specs and comparisons from both phones. I probably won't do too many of the apps because those are 3rd party software and obviously the iPhone has been out a lot longer and will have more than the Droid which just came out this fall.

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